Ferrero Rocher, at least in my home country, is the best kind of chocolate offering for Christmas.
If you turn on the TV before Christmas, the Ferrero group is running ads, and believe it or not, it works. For some reason, both Ferrero Rocher and Mon Cherie have withstood the test of time.
Frankly, I don’t know why Ferrero Rocher only peaks during Wintertime, since it’s so delicious.
But it’s true, Ferrero Rocher is a seasonal product as its shown here:
I’m pretty sure something very identical appears for other countries as well.
However, the real question is: Is this crunchy chocolate suitable for vegans?
Unfortunately, Ferrero Rocher is NOT suitable for vegans, unlike its cousin, Mon Cherie.
Got Milk And Butter.
Sadly, if we take a glance at the label, we’ll see a whole bunch of stuff we can’t eat. From milk chocolate, to skim milk powder and even plain old butter.
Think about it, this product was created in the late forties. And in spite of the strict quality policies that only enable Ferrero Rocher to be commercialized during Winter, the product remains strong. I have been a vegan for more than three years, and I’m still gifted boxes of Ferrero Rocher.
Clearly, it’s also one of the cheapest gifts you can offer, despite being somewhat expensive for a box of chocolates. The golden wrapping gives it a chic feel which combined with the taste, becomes the perfect gift.
To be honest, I’m glad this product only thrives during Winter (except for Mexico), since it contains a lot of milk. It’s not shocking, considering the Ferrero Group is also behind products like Nutella and Kinder.
Besides, I don’t know if it would be possible to replicate its flavor using only vegan ingredients.
What Are The Alternatives?
This is a really tough question. If you want vegan chocolate that stands on equal footing with Ferrero Rocher, I’m not sure you’ll be able to find one. The taste and texture of the Ferrero Rocher are unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.
But isn’t that the same with Milka, Hershey’s, and other chocolates?
Ferrero Rocher is a nasty ball of sugar, filled with low-grade nuts and a cheap chocolate filling, and yet I’m still waiting on that vegan version. The same goes for other chocolates.
Every now and then we need chocolate and the best alternatives I can think of are a tad bit expensive:
The closest thing you will get to the delicious bite-sized chocolate (Ferrero Rocher) is the Vegolino. Very smooth, creamy, and it contains the crunchiness from the nuts — so there’s a slight resemblance in texture.
Nonetheless, I’m sure a vegan friend would appreciate the offering. Plus, it’s Fairtrade, so every single ingredient is responsibly sourced and done so with the utmost quality.
The Vego Hazelnut Chocolate Bar is quite similar to the Vegolino. It comes packed with whole hazelnuts, which makes for a very crunchy texture. Although not similar to the Ferrero Rocher, neither in taste or texture, it can help you forget about it!
Additionally, it’s organic and sustainably sourced ingredients will make your mouthful even more meaningful.
The Ombar Cocomylk is creamy and it contains a delightful coconut flavor. Despite its organic footprint, this chocolate is an affordable option for a Friday Night delicacy.
It’s not nutty, but the creaminess in the texture makes up for the lack of crunchiness.
This chocolate truffle is a bite-size delicacy meant to satisfy.
The 100% Ecuadorian chocolate comes in different flavors, which include raspberry truffle and hazelnut crunch truffle. The later is probably the closest to Ferrero Rocher’s nutty flavor, despite the different recipe.
I’m a sucker for truffles, so among this list, this is probably my favorite one.
The Bottom Line
Sadly, there’s no way around it — Ferrero Rocher is far from being vegan.
Yet look at the positive side. You only have to deal with cravings during Winter, when it’s being commercialized. This gives you enough time to acquire a different taste, and perhaps test different vegan chocolates.
While it’s hard to abundantly find delicious vegan chocolates, we must give it time.
While you can’t find something like Ferrero Rocher, you can give other chocolates like Mon Cherie a chance. Mon Cherie belongs to the same company, and it’s vegan. Just expect a completely different flavor!
At the end of the day, we’re fighting for the planet, and we shouldn’t let our cravings get in the way.